Tuesday, 18 August 2020

Asleep at the Wheel: Cargo Ship Runs Aground in Philippines

MV Globe 6 aground in the Philippines. Image courtesy Philippines Coast Guard

A Vietnamese-flagged cargo ship has run aground in the Philippines after the officer on watch fell asleep, the Philippines Coast Guard reports.

The 4,373 dwt MV Globe 6 was sailing from Chi Minh City to Davao City with a cargo of rice when the it grounded between Nagubat Island and Liwagao Island in Philippines’ Antique province when it grounded, the Coast Guard.

The ship has 25 crew members on board.

“PCG personnel immediately proceeded to said vicinity waters to inspect the vessel for possible damages that may cause oil spill and to conduct initial inquiry about the cause of the maritime incident,” the Philippines Coast Guard said in a Facebook post.

A follow up post said that, according to the ship’s Master, Captain Nguyen Hoai, the Officer On Watch (OOW) fell asleep when the incident occurred.

“Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) divers aboard BRP Cape EngaƱo (MRRV-4411) are on their way to the vicinity waters to inspect the condition of the vessel’s hull,” the Coast Guard said.

Written by Mike Schuler

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